Antariksha | Todi Mill.

One of the coolest stuff I have worked on this year is the music video - Todi Mill by Antariksha Sanchar and Murthovich.
The general narrative of the video follows our character Samay as he reaches a ficticious location called Meenakshi Planum on Mars and realises that he is not the first person to have reached, resulting in his journey of discovery and bewilderment.

Prelimnary Explorations

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Animatic Explorations

To convey the basic idea to the team we decided, in the interest of time, to patch together a scratch video using screenshots and references.
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Storyboard Roughs

I feel this is where the fun really starts. Building on the references and the scratch videos. As the concept phase started, we started replacing more and more of the video with our frames to constantly keep check on the viability of the video, visually, as well as, in terms of production timelines.
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Sketchbook and Roughs

I usually start with a digital 2D sketchbook for such projects but for this project I tried to start using 3D early on keeping in mind that the final video would be produced in UNREAL Engine and that the 3D roughs would be useful at that stage.
A thing to note here would be that if your 3D skills like mine are a beginner-ish, then I would recommened not getting into high poly modeling, since that is much tougher to clean up and control for large scenes.

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Concept Art

Once we had a clearer picture of the tone and narrative, below are some visuals from the first concept art phase. Working with the 3D team, here the point is to assist in the cohesive buildup of the video. All prelimnary ideas get trashed at this point as the concept keeps evolving.

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